Kick-off Day for students beginning their studies in the Spring Semester At the Kick-off Day we greet our new and re-matriculated students on the Bachelor’s level (Second Bachelor’s degree), the Master’s level and the PhD level. The next Kick-off Day for students beginning in the Spring Semester will take place on 18 February 2017. Completion of the Kick-off Day’s programme is obligatory for all new students; for the re-matriculated students the programme can be taken on a voluntary basis. The programme for the HSG Kick-off Day consists of academic input concerning the interdisciplinary curriculum of the HSG and the following related introductions. Introduction to Campus Infrastructure A tour of the campus, in which new students will get to know significant contact points at the HSG, is an important component of the Introductory Programme. Where is the Student Administration located, where are seminar papers and term papers delivered, where can advice be found regarding how to finance your studies or regarding careers, where does one get course readers, where can works by Giacometti, Richter or Miró be admired, where can one go in for sports or simply have a rest and take a power nap? These and other places will be essential for students’ degree courses and personal lives. Several days and weeks are needed in order to get to know the entire HSG campus, but thanks to the Introduction to Campus Infrastructure in the context of the Kick-off Day, our new students will have an overview of the most important contact points on campus before the academic term begins. Introduction to Your Degree Course In the context of the Introductory Programme we offer our new students a unique possibility to get first-hand information about all important aspects of degree course structure. This complex introduction, conceived specifically to meet the needs of students, will be carried out by Dr. Seraina Buob, Project Leader for Programme Development at the HSG, uniquely in the context of the Kick-off Day. Besides general information, for example concerning the exam system, curricula, and exchange possibilities, questions specific to different levels and programmes will also be discussed. Afterwards students will be able to raise further questions and be informed by a relevant specialist. Introduction to IT Tools Our IT-based systems and platforms, as well as important software for degree courses and possibilities of copying and printing, will be explained to new students in the Introduction to IT Tools. With support from experienced IT tutors, students will also set up their new University accounts. The experts will give information about the most common mistakes and problems in the field of IT together with tips on how these can be avoided and resolved, showing to whom one can turn in case of questions. Introduction to the Library The services provided by the University Library include borrowing and use under certain conditions, the supply and use of e-resources such as e-books, e-journals and databases, metasearch including reservations and orders from other libraries and from the HSG depot, library work spaces, public PCs, scanners, printers and copiers; all these and much more will be the theme of the Introduction to the Library. The Assistant Director of the Library, Marlis Werz, and subject specialist Dr. Jacobus Van Seumeren will give our new students tips about research, also pointing out the various courses and sources of information that are available, in the course of a tour of the library.